Warning for millions using viral Lensa AI selfie app on iPhone or Android

YOU may have noticed people posting fancy avatar selfies on social media recently – as well as the odd celebrity.

It’s all thanks to the latest craze, Lensa AI, a new app that transforms your photos into a magical arty style.

Chance the Rapper is one of the celebs to have tried the app

Chance the Rapper is one of the celebs to have tried the appCredit: Instagram

Chance the Rapper, and Britney Spears‘s husband Sam Asghari are among the big names to have given it a go.

But users have been warned to pay close attention to the terms and conditions as the app’s maker can “distribute” the end result.

In a lengthy document available online, developers Prisma Labs says it will only do so for the “purposes of operating or improving Lensa”.

The long line explains that by using the app the company can “reproduce”, “modify” and “distribute” your images “without any additional compensation to you”.

It’s actually quite common practice for similar services to state such lengthy conditions.

Cybersecurity expert Jake Moore, from ESET, told the MailOnline: “By using Lensa you will be granting permission to own the generated photo which will be placed in a database along with potentially other identifiable information. 

“Lensa also appear to have users agree for their generated pictures to be shared with third parties which often people do not realise to be a problem.

“Cybercriminals actively seek to locate such information for illicit use.


‘These databases hold valuable information which can potentially to be used alongside facial recognition technology raising concerns with data theft.”

The full line in the terms reads: “Solely for the purposes of operating or improving Lensa, you grant us a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable, sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, distribute, create derivative works of your User Content, without any additional compensation to you and always subject to your additional explicit consent for such use where required by applicable law and as stated in our Privacy Policy (the “Company License”).”

According to Wired, Prisma Labs CEO and cofounder Andrey Usoltsev said an updated privacy policy is being worked on.

“The user’s photos are deleted from our servers as soon as the avatars are generated,” he said.

“The servers are located in the US.”

Sam Asghari through the Lensa app

Sam Asghari through the Lensa appCredit: Instagram

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